Proving that either the pay-wall restricted Newsday has full autonomy (or perhaps that no one at Cablevision actually reads the paper from cover to cover), Alan Hahn tackles the Knicks’ underwhelming results since the arrival of Carmelo Anthony. “The decision to trade for Carmelo Anthony wasn’t a mistake,” insists the noted P-90X enthusiast after Friday’s loss to the (allegedly) inferior Pistons. “It was the decision to change the team to conform to him, thus fulfilling the sense of entitlement he’s had since he dominated the ball at Oak Hill Prep.”
This was supposed to be a new beginning for Carmelo. Generally such things come with change and Carmelo has to be the one to embrace it. He has to understand that on some nights the ball isn’t going to come his way because of how the opponent is defending him. Understand that if the ball is in constant motion, the team is harder to guard and teams get tired from chasing around, which eventually wears them down on offense, too.
Understand that the head coach, who is already in over his head trying to figure out the best defensive strategy for this team, knows what he’s talking about on the offensive end. And understand that if this is really going to work, it ain’t going to happen playing it with four guys hiding on the weak side, watching one player pound the ball in an isolation set.
Understand that after a decade of losing and so many frustrating failures, no one in New York, the city that made you, is going to put up with the kind of attitude you displayed in Detroit.